Friday, October 30, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Forty Three

October Theme
Translucent Papers

October 24

Art Challenge: Glassine

Journal Prompt:  Windows of My Mind

Happy Friday everyone!  Can you believe that it's already almost the end of the year?!?!?!  This is staggering news to me.  I can't believe just how quickly it has flown by.  Today I'm sharing my latest DLP journal page with you.

Windows of my mind.  Well.... after a futile search for Glassine locally I decided I would use Parchment paper.  I went to the grocery store and when I got home I opened it up.  It was brown.  And watermarked.  Not happy Brenda!!!  Ok, so fine.  I would use wax paper.  Close enough.  But I was looking through one of my scads of stash boxes and came across some Tim Holtz Glassine envelopes!  Still brown but I could make it work.  It was actual glassine after all.  But no clue how I was going to incorporate "windows of my mind".  I started with a girl.  These days it seems to be all about these girls.  It's all I want to draw and they make me happy.  Neocolors and Inktense pencils are all I used to create her... with the exception of her shirt and the white in her eyes... I used my Uni-Ball Signo for that.

I spent a small fortune on those Inktense Pencils and Neocolor II's.  But of all the art supplies I've ever bought in my life, I truly believe that these two items have been my best investment.  I use them over and over and over again and they are so easy to work with.  I use them mostly for my girls, my figures, my faces, but I use them for backgrounds and details too.  They're just wonderful.  Ok, enough gushing and I promise I'm not being paid to say these things.  Though if Derwent and Caran D'Arche wanted to send me something I wouldn't be above saying no!  *wink wink!*

The background is simply Turquoise Blue with a few scribbles of Purple Neocolor II's.  I added some subtle stamping using white and teal inks and a Dylusions background stamp set.  Then I really went to town.  Using a Dylusions border set, I created the border around three sides of my page.  I added some washi tape and then used another Dylusions set to create the dangling hearts and strings.  I used my Uni-Ball Angelic Color set to color in some of the details and to draw the stars, hearts, and moons around my girl.

The flower in my girl's hair is a die cut from my stash.  I'm sorry, I don't have a clue who it's by.  The color of it was just perfect and I thought she needed a little something extra.  There is something about this girl that makes me think she's French.  Maybe it's the shirt but I just don't know.  I want to call her Yvonne though!

Back to those Glassine envelopes.  Now how on earth was I going to incorporate those?  I decided to take the term "windows" literally and cut two envelopes in half.  I used another border stamp from a different Dylusions set to create my window sill and used a Dina Wakley stamp set to add faces and words in my windows.  "Fierce, worthy, bold, and spirited" are all from the same set and I thought about how in our minds we are our own worst critics.  So these windows contain my inner critics and voices and they are telling me that my art is fierce and bold and spirited and worthy.  That I am those things.  That I am worthy.

I'm really trying to work on me.  On believing what others tell me (the good things) about me and my art.  It's hard though.  but we'll consider these as affirmations.  And instead of nitpicking things about my art, I'm just letting it all go.  The words "I am enough" came into my mind and I knew I had to add them somewhere.  I am enough.  I am good enough.  My art is good.  My art is enough.  Even though my little French girl's nose is too small, and the neck is too dark, and there's a dark patch along her jaw where too much shading got out of control.  I'm walking away from it and saying "enough".  It's enough.  It's good.  I am enough!

And you know what?  At the end of the day, several days after I've walked away, and now as I write this post... I look at her and I repeat the words and they make me smile.  They make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  And I start to really believe it.

Isn't that what art journaling is all about?  Finding yourself through your art?  I think so.  And I am so glad that I have done this massive year long challenge because I have pushed myself and stretched myself.  And I have really begun to love my art and in the process, love myself a whole lot more.

That's my share this week!  I hope y'all have enjoyed it.  I'll be back next week!

Until next time,

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Summer of Color - Week Four

Hi and welcome!  This is my last make up page for Summer of Color 2015.  I am so sad that Kristin won't be doing Summer of Color next year and that I nearly missed this year completely.  It's one of the reasons I was so adamant about finishing these pages.  This is my last lady in the series - out of order that is.

 Bright reds - scarlet, pillar-box red, crimson or cherry - are very cheerful and youthful. 
There is certainly a red for everyone."
- Christian Dior

This week's color palette:
Red + Red + Metallic

Color Inspiration: Caran D'Ache Neocolor II in Scarlet, Carmine, &Folk Art Metallic Acrylic Paint in Antique Copper

Again, this is a sketch I'd done three months ago.  I have one "I'm giving this a try after a long hiatus" face, three whimsical faces, and two "realistic" faces.  I wanted to give myself some room to practice and grow and I really feel that it has done that.  I have not quite perfected my shading for faces, but I am a hell of a lot more confident about it than I was during SoC Week Five's face (which was the first one I did).

I used my neocolors exclusively for the shading - love that white crayon for highlights and for the hair.  I needed a metallic and I chose Copper because I had it has a lovely reddish tone that I thought would go really well with my fiery red head.  I wish I could get my hair this color.  My boss would outright kill me if I did but I wish I had the freedom in my day job to do it.  Very Dyan Reavely!

A friend of mine asked me not too long ago "Why don't you every draw eyelashes?"  This is why!  Because I know less is more but when I get to going it turns into a fringed mess.  Something to work on and practice though.  I'll know next time to stop.  Isn't art journaling about learning when to stop?  In mixed media we have the freedom to add and add and add and most of the time the more we add the better it turns out, but occasionally there comes a time when it's just time to stop and step away.

Maybe we'll just say she's wearing false lashes!  Either way, even though she is very bright and all that red is just screaming, there is something about her that is very meditative.  That's why she got "Peace".  She reminds me of peace and tranquility.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Grave - Halloween ATC

Happy Tuesday y'all!  I have a special edition of Random Tuesday for y'all today - really y'all get a two-fer today - two posts in one day!  But as it's nearly Halloween (which is my most favorite holiday ever) I really just had to share this fun ATC.

I started with a background of Dylusions Ink Sprays and then used the Ghosting technique with the star stencil from the Dylusions Star Script set.  I used the cap from a can of spray paint and inked it up to make a "moon" in the background then I stamped the fence and bats before adding my cut out stakes (from the Dylusions Further Around the Edge Border set) and skulls.  I added washi from my stash and the crows (because you have to have crows in a cemetery) and then stamped and embossed the "31" as a final touch.

Bright and a little spooky.  Very Dylusional.  These ATCs are my contribution to this year's Halloween swap hosted by my friend Elizabeth on Instagram.  I entitled them "La Tumba" - The Grave.

I'm super excited for Halloween this year.  My baby is almost three and can actually say "trick or treat" now.  I know she's going to have so much fun!

Hope y'all have a great week and Happy Haunting!

Summer of Color - Week Three

Continuing on with my Catch Up of Summer of Color, I've got Week Three for y'all today! 

"All the other colors are just colors, but purple seems to have a soul - when you look at it, 
it's looking back at you."
- Uniek Swain

This week's color palette:
Purple + Purple + Yellow

Color Inspiration: Caran D'Ache Neocolor II in Golden Yellow, Violet, & Derwent Inktense Pencils inViolet (#0800)

I sketched this girl about three months ago and I've just now gotten around to getting her all painted and pretty.  I'm not really keen on the flower border but I love how her face turned out!

I used my Neocolor II's for face and hair and used my Inktense Pencil in Violet to pull color off the pencil with a wet brush to get all of that wonderful delicate purple shading around her eyes and cheeks.  I used a spouncer with Dylusions Paint in Lemon Zest and Crushed Grape for the stenciling.  The yellow dots I love, the purple flowers... not so much.  Oh well.  Live and learn I guess.

I actually took Week One, Three, & Four sketches to work with me and completed the majority of each there.  I love the portability of the Neocolor and Inktense pencils.  Yes, the tins are not small but all I needed was those two things, a couple of different sized brushes, and a cup of water.  It made it a whole lot easier to devote all of that time to creating lovely ladies where I would have been making a massive mess had I been using acrylics.

Join me on Thursday for the last of my "Girls Series"!

Until then,

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